By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
7:31 AM EST, February 1, 2013
NEW ORLEANS --
Blunt in nature and possessing a long memory, Ravens free safety Ed Reed isn't shy about expressing his opinions.
And the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year remains upset about being fined more than $100,000 for hits deemed illegal by the league office. That includes a $55,000 fine for a hit on New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, a $50,000 fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a $21,000 fine for a hit on New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch.
Reed took aim at the NFL fine system, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
"There's so much that needs to be done, but they'd rather police certain things," Reed said. "You tend to miss things when you're making a certain amount of money, and not playing the game, you're missing out. You're just somebody upstairs wearing a suit, fining people and stuff like that for the wrong things. We're policing the wrong things, for real. I really don't know what to say about our commissioner, honestly. It's probably more him and his staff who came up with the things we are being fined for.
"It's not just Mr. Goodell. I think he needs more help at the fining process, not just have do-boys who want to please you. I try and stay away as far as possible, kinda just stay away from the principal like school, stay away from the principal's office as much as possible, but obviously they found me and the way they found me, it's been ridiculous, honestly."
Reed was fined a total of $126,000 this season, which is believed to lead the league.
The St. Rose, La., native was initially suspended for one game for his hit on Sanders, which would have cost him an entire game check worth $423,529. It was later overturned on appeal by NFL hearing officer Ted Cottrell, a former NFL defensive coordinator.
"The bad part about it, we were talking about how much guys were fined this year," Reed said. "I think I topped the charts. It's bad how the game's been policed this year and the process we have been through from the lockout with us, the lockout with the referees. C'mon man, it's all a joke. They the ones making all the money and doing nothing."